6 Replies Latest reply on Aug 5, 2016 8:19 AM by Test Screen Name

    Right product for interactive offline presentation

    monae33611523

      Hi

      I'm about to make a presentation that should be used offline by a number of people and wonder which Adobe product would be the best to use.

      • It should be build a bit like a website with a topmenu that will have links leading to a number of pages (You should be able to jump back and forth between pages).
      • It should also be used like a Powerpoint presentation where you click from one page until the next one a.s.o.
      • Many pages should be interactive with objects floating in from different ways.
      • It should be easy to update with more pages and new products.

       

      I have made one presentation in InDesign to be able to easily use my saved photos and symbols and exported it as an SWF file, but I now wonder if this is the right/easiest way to do it.

      Does someone have any suggestions?

      ME

        • 1. Re: Right product for interactive offline presentation
          markw47848620

          Depends on the level of interactivity, an SWF will let you do all the wizz bang, flying in and out etc but is slightly more hassle to have as an offline file to distribute and use. PDFs are the most versatile but but you are limited, you can create hyperlinks to specific pages and text anchors and add forms, video, galleries etc and you are safe in the knowledge that you can email it to anyone and they can open and view it. You can even set it on full screen mode so there are no menus or tools to be visible.

          • 2. Re: Right product for interactive offline presentation
            BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

            SWF is a deadend. Won’t play on mobile devices or many desktops.

             

            Your assessment of PDF is also incorrect. Unless you can control the reader app, it’s as likely as not that this won’t work. http://boblevine.us/its-okay-to-say-no-to-interactive-pdf/

             

            The best bet for the type of presentation the OP is looking for is Powerpoint! Barring that it could be done as a Fixed Layout EPUB but again, it would be reader dependent.

            • 3. Re: Right product for interactive offline presentation
              John Mensinger Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              ...used offline by a number of people...

              What viewing software can you expect these people to have?

              • Many pages should be interactive with objects floating in from different ways.

              Interactivity and animation are 2 different things, and the nature of each should be carefully considered with specificity when choosing your platform.

              It should be easy to update with more pages and new products.

              Easy to update by whom? Only you? Or, others too? This could be the single most important factor in the choice.

              • 4. Re: Right product for interactive offline presentation
                markw47848620 Level 1

                To quote your link "My favorite example would be InDesign Magazine. It’s essentially a static publication that has buttons for navigation for next page, previous page and hyperlinks in the TOC. Beyond that the use of interactivity is limited. This is truly a case of less is more and what you should be keeping in mind for your PDF documents."

                 

                So for simple interactivity PDF is the best and most versatile, I get your point about the forms and people using 'Preview' on MAC but its a very rare PC that does not have acrobat reader installed, every quote, document, invoice ever produced these days is generated in PDF.

                 

                And the workaround for exporting SWF and re-inserting before making the pdf works everytime if you open the PDF in reader.

                 

                I think its wrong to write off PDF it is still the simplest and easiest option.

                • 5. Re: Right product for interactive offline presentation
                  jmvrankin Adobe Community Professional

                  Is the animation truly a must-have requirement? If not, then PDF is a solid choice, IMO. Unless the audience is young kids, you can still design an engaging presentation without movement and simplify the job. A lot of times with presentation design, less is more.

                  • 6. Re: Right product for interactive offline presentation
                    Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                    "its a very rare PC that does not have acrobat reader installed, every quote, document, invoice ever produced these days is generated in PDF."  Actually, not so rare, and becoming ever less rare because Windows 8, 10, and Macintosh include a PDF viewer. So do Chrome, FireFox and Safari. People find that PDFs just work without downloading software.


                    Which is fine as long as these PDFs stick to the basic, most simple, interaction. Fancy stuff, forget it. This is a dead end.


                    Also, more than half of people now use mobile platforms. Consider their experience.